It's a very long time since BAVARIAN NORDIC was in the winner's enclosure but he's been running well enough this year to suggest that long wait for another victory could end here with Amy Ryan doing the steering. Shaker Style's absence since May is a bit of a worry but Talk Of Saafend can't be ignored as she's won three times this year on the Flat and over jumps and goes well for an amateur. She stayed on late into third at Musselburgh last time. Politbureau and Idealism are others to consider, along with last month's Ripon runner-up Haka Dancer.
Shaker Style (USA) 4-1 (9-1) Towards rear, ridden and headway over 1f out, ran on to go 3rd near finish, not reach leaders, 3rd of 11, 1/2l behind Harare (8-12) at Ayr 1m 1f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in May.
Talk of Saafend (IRE) 10-1 (10-2) Tracked leaders, ridden over 1f out, kept on, 3rd of 11, 1 3/4l behind Stormy Morning (9-11) at Musselburgh 1m 5f am hcp (0-70) (4yo+) (5) gd.
Bavarian Nordic (USA) 4-1 (9-3) Pulled hard in last pair, headway on inside under pressure 2f out, switched right over 1f out, stayed on to 3rd inside final furlong, one pace, 3rd of 7, 4 1/2l behind The Oil Magnate (10-0) at Ayr 1m 5f hcp 0-70 (5) sft in Jul.
Politbureau 14-1 (9-13) Held up mid-division, headway over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 13th of 17, 11l behind Tinseltown (9-13) at Beverley 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Tropenfeuer (FR) 33-1 (8-8) Tracked leaders, pushed along over 3f out, ridden over 2f out, every chance over 1f out, chased winner entering final furlong, no impression, 2nd of 8, 2 3/4l behind Indian Giver (8-8) at Hamilton 1m hcp 0-65 (6) sft in May.
Petrocelli 9-1 (9-2) In touch on outside, headway on outside over 2f out, disputing 3rd 2f out, weakened inside final furlong, 6th of 13, 7l behind Call Of Duty (9-10) at Newcastle 1m 2f app hcp 0-60 (6) gf in Jul.
Idealism 16-1 (8-12) Always in rear, 14th of 15, 25l behind Asterales (9-1) at Thirsk 1m 4f hcp 0-60 (6) gs in Jun.
Femme Royale 18-1 (8-3) Tracked leader, led over 1f out, ridden and headed towards finish, 2nd of 8, hd behind Astra Hall (8-9) at Ffos Las 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) hvy in Jul.
Goodlukin Lucy 25-1 (9-6) Held up mid-division, effort on outer over 2f out, weakened over 1f out, 14th of 17, 16l behind Tinseltown (9-13) at Beverley 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Haka Dancer (USA) 25-1 (9-0) Chased leaders, ridden to challenge over 2f out, led over 1f out, headed approaching final furlong, stayed on under pressure, 2nd of 14, 2l behind Celtic Step (9-0) at Ripon 1m 2f hcp 0-60 (6) gd in Jul.
Solis (GER) 33-1 (9-0) Always behind, 15th of 17, 17l behind Tinseltown (9-13) at Beverley 1m 2f ladies hcp 0-65 (6) gf in Jul.
Ferney Boy 20-1 (8-5) Took keen hold, tracked leaders, pushed along 3f out, ridden and weakened 2f out, 4th of 7, 22l behind Three White Socks (9-3) at Southwell 1m 6f hcp 0-65 (6) fbs in Jul.
Isitcozimcool (IRE) 50-1 (8-3) Soon led, headed after 1f, chased leader until ridden over 5f out, weakened over 3f out, 7th of 8, 47l behind Dispol Diva (8-2) at Musselburgh 1m 4f hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jun.
Grethel (IRE) 50-1 (9-4) Tracked leaders, weakened 4f out, 13th of 15, 28l behind Jamarjo (11-0) at Doncaster 2m am hcp 0-65 (6) sft in Jul.